Truth is a dish best served cold.
Elizabeth Hurley, 57, is the latest of several A-listers to speak about Matthew Perry, 53, after the release of his memoir, Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing, which is full of anecdotes on his career, relationships and personal life.
The British actress, who starred in Serving Sara with Perry back in 2002, has only read pieces of Perry’s book though she witnessed the gravity of his addictions first-hand.
“I haven’t actually read the book yet, but I’ve read (excerpts) of it,” the Royals star divulged to Yahoo.
“It’s quite interesting,” Hurley added. “He’s a very funny writer like he’s a very funny man. He’s an incredibly gifted comedian … his way with words is fantastic.”
The model went on, “I have very fond memories of him. To be honest, it was a nightmare working with him at that time and, as it’s now known, our movie was shut down because of his addiction.”
Hurley was referring to the shutdown of the movie Serving Sara, in which Perry plays a process server tasked with serving Hurley’s character divorce papers.
“We were in a force majeure and had to all sit at home twiddling our thumbs for some time,” she said.
Hurley continued: “It was tough, obviously he was having a tough time, but he was still very charming and a lovely person to work with. But you could see he was suffering for sure.”
He filmed Serving Sara amid his tenure on the hit show while he was at the height of his addiction.
The 17 Again star revealed to Diane Sawyer in a bombshell tell-all interview that aired late last month that he downed Xanax, Methadone and vodka daily during that period.
“It was shot in Dallas and I was doing Friends at the same time, so it doubled my workload. And I was flying on a private jet drinking vodka out of a water bottle,” he said.
“I weighed 155 pounds (70kg), on my way to 128 pounds (58kg). I feel too sorry for that guy, he’s going through too much, and it’s me,” Perry went on. “And I remember that, and I didn’t understand what was going on.
“But again, I’m sorry, and I’m so grateful to not be that anymore.”
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Originally published as Liz Hurley says working with Matthew Perry was a ‘nightmare’